Feb 2 meal + program--register now | McCamant & Durrett Mar 3 presentation; Mar 4-5 Getting-It-Built Workshop | Housing density
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February 2017

Next steps toward cohousing:

This week! Thurs., Feb. 2nd community dinner - registration reminder 

If you haven't already remembered to register for the Twin Cities Cohousing Network's community meal + program on Thurs., Feb. 2, please do it now! Cost is $10 ($8 for TCCN members), with a special kids' rate and a family maximum.

  • meal: 6-6:45 pm 
  • program & story circles 7-8:30 pm.

We'll have updates on local core groups, news about the upcoming Getting-It-Built workshop, and story circles, among other activities.

More info and registration here.

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Come in from the cold to eat good hot food, chat, and get to know people who might become cohousing neighbors. Register.
The kitchen crew is going to be shopping in the next couple of days for Thursday's meal. We hope you plan to join us. Consider inviting a friend or relative.

McCamant & Durrett evening public presentation precedes weekend Getting-It-Built Workshop

Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett, renowned cohousing architects, will present an introduction to cohousing on Fri., Mar. 3, 2017 at 7 pm at By The Rivers Center, 690 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul. Suggested donation at the door is $10. The appearance is sponsored by a newly formed Twin Cities cohousing core group.

The Friday night presentation is being held in conjunction with a two-day Getting-It-Built workshop (Mar 4-5, 2017) centered around a potential site in the Bassett Creek neighborhood in Minneapolis. For more information on the presentation or to register for the workshop, please contact John Kalmon from that core group: or 715-381-5781. [At publication, a few seats remained in the workshop. Early-bird workshop rate ($500) deadline is Feb. 10. Contact John for complete details.]

Housing density

Besides cost of construction/renovation, few factors have more to do with final housing unit cost than the cost of land and housing density.

Read Lynn Englund's incisive analysis on the Twin Cities Cohousing Network's blog.
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Each of these groups is actively organizing toward the goal of creating a cohousing community, or has one already.


The next Bassett Creek Cohousing core group meeting will be Sun., Feb. 5, 2017 at 6 pm at First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve, Minneapolis.
The Getting-It-Built Workshop (mentioned elsewhere in this TCCN News) in St Paul in March will focus on the site that the Bassett Creek Cohousing core group is looking at. For details, see the Bassett Creek Cohousing web site: or contact Fred or Becca for details: 612-588-9532

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An Eco-Village-style cohousing campus for the fringe of the metro area will incorporate year-round food production and PassiveHouse housing units of varying sizes and types. This will be a multi-generational community that fosters connections and reciprocity among themselves and with people in surrounding towns. The Twin Cities Ecovillage Facebook public group is a way to be in touch with them. 


This group is coordinating the McCamant & Durrett Getting-It-Built Workshop and presentation; it has several members from the Bassett Creek Cohousing group and some people who are as yet unaffiliated with one of the other core groups. For info, contact: John Kalmon or 715-381-5781.

MONTEREY COHOUSING - event postponed

The previously announced event that was set for Feb. 11 has been postponed. You can keep in touch with Monterey via their Facebook page.

SUITE - now two sub-groups

Recently, SUITE Cohousing (Sustainable Urban Intergenerational Transit-oriented and Equitable) decided to change direction and amicably split into two sub-groups. One is holding a vision for and searching for a South Minneapolis cohousing site. The other is committing to creating cohousing in an existing building—the Metro Lofts (a 67-unit condo building) on University Ave near Hwy 280—by collectively purchasing a common-use unit there. Info:

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